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Investing in You - Dialogue & Change Membership Scheme

The new Dialogue and Change Award will help evaluate the impact of Public Involvement and Community Engagement.

The principles of public involvement and community engagement are well established and the benefits to research are also well documented.

As an Applied Research Collaboration (ARC), they are committed to establishing high quality public involvement and community engagement (PICE) at all levels across the ARC – including within each of the ARC Research Themes and at an individual research project level.

They want to ensure that their PICE activities are impactful and transformational – and that they help to shape the way that research is designed, conducted and implemented.

How will the process work?

The process will be relatively straightforward and un-bureaucratic. A dedicated, experienced member of the Investing in Children (IiC)  team has been allocated to this project. A discussion will take place between the IiC assessor and the research team in which the strength of the evidence will be considered and a realistic assessment of the chance of success will be offered.

A series of visits will then be arranged and conversations will take place with the people who are involved in the research, in which they will provide evidence of dialogue and change.

These conversations can focus on collective decision making and/or individual decision making. A report will then be drafted, based upon the evidence. The people who contributed to the conversations will be invited to check the report and approve its recommendations. If the evidence is positive, and they endorse the conclusions, then a Dialogue and Change Award will be given to the project.

Where there is insufficient evidence to justify an Award, further discussions may take place between IiC and the research team, which will be encouraged to regroup and try again. This often this leads to enthusiastic and imaginative conversations between those involved, which then becomes the evidence that supports a successful re-evaluation.

Where can I find out more?

If you have any questions about the Dialogue and Change Award, please email Dr Felicity Shenton, PICE Manager for the ARC NENC –  felicity.shenton@cntw.nhs.uk

Or Emma Rogan at Investing in Children – Emma.Rogan@investinginchildren.net

There are also some additional resources below which you might find useful.

Dialogue and Change Award Resources

Dialogue and Change Award Presentation

Dialogue and Change Award Process

Dialogue and Change Award Evidence Sheet

Dialogue and Change Award Presentation
Dialogue and Change Award Process
Dialogue and Change Award Evidence Sheet